Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette appoints Todd Flood for Flint lead-tainted water probe
Jan 26, 2016 08:19 PM EST
Michigan's Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette has assigned former prosecutor Todd Flood to lead the investigation regarding Flint City's lead-tainted water. Flood, who previously worked for Wayne County that includes Detroit, will be joined by the retired head of the FBI office in Detroit, Andy Arena.
According to ABC News, Schuette stated that Flood and Arena will be playing key roles in the probe. Both of them will also avoid conflicts of interest since the office of the attorney general also defends the state. Further, the two of them will be reporting to Schuette, who assured that his office would provide an independent and experienced review of all the facts and conditions.
However, it is uncertain for now if the investigation would result in civil or criminal charges, said Herald Whig. The Democrats are also questioning if the special counsel would be fair and balanced since Flood has given donations to candidates from both Republican and Democratic parties. It was noted that Flood donated thousands of dollars to the political campaigns of Schuette and Republican Governor Rick Snyder.
But for the Michigan Republican Attorney General, he does not care who Flood has given money to, whether a Democrat or Republican. That does not matter anymore since for him, what is important is to conduct a thorough, in-depth and complete inspection and investigation, which is what he claims his team is doing now.
In addition, Flood, who is now in private practice, said that he has also given money to Democrats. Besides, all of his contributions will have no bearing on his capacity in doing a fair investigation.
Meanwhile, Bristol Herald Courier reported that Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark promised to donate 100 cases of water for Flint City. That is, for every $20 donated to fundraisers on a charitable crowdfunding website for the lead-tainted drinking water city. The goal is to hit $50,000 as part Newmark's online philanthropic initiative called Craigconnects.
So far, $400,000 has already been raised for Flint. The website collaborated with artists Big Sean, Pearl Jam and Jack White for the cause. It will be remembered that the problem all started when Flint's water switched from Detroit system and started drawing from the Flint River.
It will be remembered that the problem all started when Flint's water switched from Detroit system and started drawing from the Flint River. That's when high lead levels have been detected in Flint's water.